Cricket: Doncaster Town defeat Castleford and Sheffield United | Ex-chairman dies

Gareth Cox scored his maiden Yorkshire League century in Doncaster's win over Sheffield United.
Gareth Cox scored his maiden Yorkshire League century in Doncaster's win over Sheffield United.

Doncaster Town continued their fine start to the season with two excellent six-point wins over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Town beat Castleford by three wickets on Saturday before a maiden Yorkshire League century from Gareth Cox inspired Doncaster to a 58-run victory against Sheffield United on Monday.

Some tight bowling by skipper Alex Gosney (5-42), Luke Townsend (2-52) and Lewis Brown (2-28) restricted Castleford to 159-9 from their 55 overs.

John Randerson top scored with 54.

In reply, Town batted very sensibly and reached 163-7 in only 36.5 overs.

They were indebted to Stuart Guy (54), Felix Odell (26) and Matthew Head, who scored an important 32 not out.

Bottom side Sheffield Utd were soon under the cosh as Town, batting first, posted an imposing 262-6.

This was thanks mainly to a wonderful second wicket partnership of 182 between Guy (71) and Cox, who made a superb 117.

Youngster Matthew Rees, with 3-65, was the pick of the bowlers.

United fell short of the target but Town could not get all ten wickets as the visitors ended on 204-8.

Bilal Anjum (77), Jaco Schultz (37) and Lesroy Weekes (31) were the pick of the batting.

Brown took 4-40, while Townsend claimed 3-71.

Fifteen-year-old wicketkeeper Sonny Day-Tennant took a further three victims, taking his tally to 13 victims in four games.

Town, who sit third in the early standings, are at home to York on Saturday (noon).

n Former Doncaster Town Cricket Club chairman Roy Holdridge has died.

Holdridge was chairman of the Yorkshire League club for seven years, from 1998 to 2005.

Players and spectators observed a minute’s silence before Doncaster’s victory at home to Castleford on Saturday.

The club said in a statement: “It is with regret that Doncaster Town Cricket Club announce the passing of Roy Holdridge.

“Roy died last Thursday after a short illness. His family were present.

“His involvement at Doncaster Town CC was immense. He was chairman of the club from 1998 to 2005 and was a member of the committee until his passing.

“His contribution to the club, local cricket, and to the cricketing world in general will never be forgotten. He was very proud of the club’s success at Lord’s in “1998 and the players from the club who represented the county and England.

“He was also proud of the way that the club encourages junior cricketers and was present at the games until his illness.

“Roy was a football referee and his love for local sport was evident in everything that he did.

“He will be sadly missed by all and the club sends its sincere condolences to his wife June and family.”